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Doubtful Sound, Fjordland in New Zealand
Doubtful Sound, Fjordland in New Zealand
ExpeditionsCoastal New Zealand: Scenic Fjords, Maori History, and Abundant Wildlife

Coastal New Zealand: Scenic Fjords, Maori History, and Abundant Wildlife

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New Zealand’s natural beauty beckons with soaring peaks, crystal-clear lakes, and swathes of white-sand beaches. Traveling through scenic fjords, bays, and sounds, witness plunging waterfalls and sparkling waters rich with marine life. New Zealand boasts flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world. It is home to the world’s smallest penguin, a colony of 20,000 gannets, and the magnificent royal albatross with a 10-foot wingspan.

Highlights

A view of Milford Sound fiord in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island.
  • Glide into three phenomenal fjords: the legendary Milford Sound; Doubtful Sound, New Zealand’s deepest; and the lesser-known Dusky Sound

  • Delve into the rich culture of the Māori on a visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds

  • Explore the stunning Abel Tasman National Park, renowned for its golden sand beaches and rugged granite cliffs

  • Hike the beautiful rainforests of Stewart and Ulva islands to spot rare birdlife

  • Experience New Zealand’s celebrated wines and culinary specialties

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/ per person

Was $19,224Save $1,000

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duration
16 Days
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Australia & New Zealand 2024

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Expedition Spotlight - Exploring Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

  • Sep 2023

Growing up in New Zealand, Alexander Hillary has long been captivated by the brooding forests, ancient fjords, incredible mountains, and wonderful birdlife of Fiordland National Park. Recently, Hillary joined us as a cultural specialist on Coastal New Zealand: Scenic Fjords, Māori History and Abundant Wildlife. In this new installment of Expedition Spotlight, watch as he shares his knowledge and passion for the spectacular natural paradise with guests aboard National Geographic Orion.

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Featuring 53 cabins, the gracious and intimate National Geographic Orion takes travelers to little-known waters and isles in New Zealand, Australia, French Polynesia, the Pacific Islands, Asia, and the Mediterranean to experience each location's natural and cultural wonders up close. With her high ice-class rating, National Geographic Orion is strong enough to explore the polar regions, yet her elevated maneuverability allows for navigation practically anywhere accessible by sea.

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Over 50+ years of exploring, Lindblad Expeditions’ veteran staff and the quality companionship they provide has established the company’s reputation. From expedition leaders to naturalists, most hold advanced degrees and are established authorities in their fields. Some join a few expeditions each year to explore the same sites, some of them spending some time in the field away from rigorous academic work. And others lead expeditions all around the world—with many guests saying, “Where you’re going, we’re going,” and returning time after time to travel with them. Browse our team directory to discover the full cast of expedition staff.

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